Personal Injury Claims in Moray

Injury Lawyers - accredited practice

Here are our articles about various aspects of personal injury claims.

If you need to make a personal injury claim for compensation as the result of an accident, you can benefit from Grigor & Young's unusual - for a small, rural firm of solicitors, that is - level of expertise in this field.

Peter Brash is accredited as a Specialist in Personal Injury Law by the Law Society of Scotland and both Peter and his colleague, Marie Morrison, hold Senior Litigator status through the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

The Elgin branch of Grigor & Young also holds Corporate Accreditation from APIL.

If the information you need is not in the articles here, have a look on on our Moray Claims Website and Blog, which has a huge amount of personal injury-related content.

Getting legal help after an injury

Having your life disrupted by injury is bound to generate a lot of worries and questions.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has published a downloadable booklet.

It centres on how, if you have suffered injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation and get assistance with rehabilitation to promote your recovery.

The booklet answers some regularly-asked questions. You can download a copy of the booklet from this website or via the APIL website.

The booklet also discusses the benefits of getting advice from an APIL-accredited lawyer.

Many of the questions covered briefly in the booklet are ones which we have previously discussed on our Moray Claims website and we set out these questions below.

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2 major changes for personal injury litigation from new Scottish legislation

According to comScore, 50% of all online searches will be conducted by voice by 2020.

40% of adults already use voice search at least once per day (according to Location World).

Sound (sorry) advice for websites wanting to optimise for voice search – which is good advice about how to write website content, generally – is to ensure that your content has an approachable tone.

Part of setting the right tone means avoiding the use of unnecessary jargon.

Unfortunately, jargon is difficult to avoid when you are writing about the law. And the two major changes we are going to highlight in this article are both heavy on mumbo jumbo.

In its abbreviated version, one of the bits of terminology sounds like the noise a bird might make – or like a sub-atomic particle.

The two significant developments for Scottish personal injury claims which we are going to discuss are:

  • The introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS – pronounced “quawks”), and
  • The introduction of damages-based agreements (DBAs)

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What is Legal Expenses Insurance?

This might seem like a very simple question.

Too simple, even.

But insurance is often confusing. We find that people don’t always readily understand what different types of insurance are intended to do.

Apart from that, many people have Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) and don’t know it.

And, apart from that, we’re not always very good at explaining it.

In this article, though, we’re going to try and explain some aspects of LEI relative to personal injury claims.

We’ll cover what it is and what it is not. We will look at the different types of LEI which exist. Relative cost of insurance types will figure in our overview and we’ll also consider the timing of taking out the insurance. Finally, we will touch on the question of how easy it is to enforce your own choice of legal adviser under a LEI policy (rather than the LEI insurer’s choice). [Read more…]

8 ways to self-educate about personal injury compensation claims in Moray (and avoid getting ripped off)

One copywriting formula for drafting a magnetic headline for an article employs the Four U approach. The headline should be:

  1. Useful
  2. Ultra-specific
  3. Unique
  4. Urgent

We like Demian Farnworth’s explanation of this system, building an example headline with all 4 elements.

“How to wash dishes”.

Technically, that’s a “useful” headline but it’s too generic to move readers enough to read the article that follows.

So, you make the headline not just useful but also “unique”: [Read more…]

What is Personal Injury Compensation? (An explanation by APIL)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has launched a guide to personal injury compensation in the form of a colourful 24-page eBooklet – entitled “Compensation Explained”.

It is intended to explain the purpose and method of calculation of compensation, as well as its value to society.

It’s easy to overlook the harsh realities for someone who needs help after an injury.

After all, none of us plans to be injured and, fortunately, few of us will end up in that situation.

However, as we all like to think that we live in a modern, caring society, APIL argues that it is reasonable to expect that someone who is injured as the result of another’s failure to take proper care:

  • should not have to suffer any further, and
  • should not lose out financially as a consequence of their injuries.

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Choosing the Best Feeing Arrangement for your Personal Injury Claim

What are the financial aspects of instructing a solicitor in relation to a personal injury claim?

When it comes down to it, personal injury claims are about money. That may not be the most important thing to you but it is the way the law looks at these claims.

Accordingly, your solicitor’s main aim is to maximise the amount of financial compensation you will receive.

In practice, there are two aspects to the amount of compensation you receive.

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3 Reasons why you should make a formal Complaint before considering claiming for Medical Negligence

“Mustard & Young, Scavengers, Elgin”.

This is how the firm of Grigor & Young was addressed in a letter from a James Robertson of Nairn in March 1911. (At that time, the partners in Grigor & Young were a Mr Mustard and a Mr Young.)

Acting on behalf of the Provost, Magistrates and Councillors of the Royal Burgh of Forres, Grigor & Young had apparently been trying to recover a debt from Mr Robertson.

There are literally two sides to this story.

On one side of a piece of lined paper is a handwritten note, headed “Nairn, 25th March 1911”. It is addressed to: “James Robertson, Esq, Bowling Green, Sea Tarf Merchant and Contractor, 7 Academy Street, Nairn.” The note is from a Sheriff Officer to Mr Robertson, telling him that a previous formal request for payment was now withdrawn. [Read more…]

Cold Calls For Personal Injury Claims Targeted By Campaign

Between 1937 and 1994, if you used the word ‘spam’, people would understand you to mean a form of tinned pork.

It was useful for feeding soldiers during the Second World War, because it could be eaten straight out of the can.

No agreed origin of the name exists. An acronym (or similar contraction) is likely – e.g. ‘SPiced hAM’ or ‘Shoulders of Pork and Ham’.

The physical product still exists and apparently passed 7 billion sales in 2007.

Monty Python’s famous sketch from 1970 portrayed the canned meat as all-pervading and unavoidable. The chanting of the word drowns out all other dialogue.

Where ‘spam’ is now

With the rise of the Internet, the Monty Python definition of the word has become its primary meaning.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines spam as ‘unsolicited, usually commercial, e-mail sent to a large number of addresses’.

The breadth of topics to which the term applies has continued to expand.

Personal injury claims and spam

In relation to personal injury claims, we have all suffered the harrassment of unsolicited texts and cold calls – ‘spam’. [Read more…]

Your Personal Injury Claim Questions Answered

A short video on YouTube (see also at the foot of this article) sets out the main purpose of the Blog on our Moray Claims website – to enable you to get your personal injury claim questions answered.

Though some of the content has been generated by our own brainstorming, many articles on the website have been adapted from answers we have given to questions we have received in person, via telephone, via email and via Free Online Enquiries. [Read more…]

Best Practice When Investigating Personal Injury Claims

In this article, we will look at the principles which apply when you are deciding how best to investigate and progress a possible claim for personal injury compensation following an accident.

In particular, we will try to show how rules which apply to legally-aided cases can illustrate the most economic and efficient way to deal with personal injury claims. [Read more…]